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Leadership Update - Aug. 2019

Hello D49 Team,

Great news! Our district is getting better every year. More students are reading, more schools are performing, more graduates are launching to success, and we are steadily attracting students and staff who deliver peak performance.

We all know that teachers drive quality in the classroom. Since 2010, District 49 has recognized dozens of teacher-of-the-year candidates and exceptional student achievements, but we haven’t been as consistent about recognizing the essential contributions of support and service professionals. In past VoW Annual Surveys, we have heard clear encouragement from our workforce that valuing all professionals will support our vision to be the best choice.

I’m proud and grateful to work in a district where leadership isn’t exclusive to ideas from the board or central office leaders, but is just as important from the voice of the workforce. That’s why

I’m excited that this Friday, at our Peakview 2019 event, we’ll be launching our recognition program for support and service stars.In every school and program, there are leaders who make us a better district because of constant attention to detail and performance.

The first cohort of support and service stars represents building managers, transportation specialists, food service teams, front office heroes and all kinds of staff. All of us can learn from their example, and we all should celebrate and acknowledge the firm foundation they provide for all our efforts.

Over the next few months, you will see support and service stars recognized by the board at Fantastic 49, featured in buildings on Peakview displays, and contributing to district initiatives like the VoW Compensation Team, our Enhanced Security Initiative, and finalizing MLO projects. You’ll get to meet our D49 Stars on Friday, so be prepared to thank them for their service, acknowledge their support and celebrate their excellence. D49 Stars Shine!

See you at Peakview 2019,
Peter Hilts, chief education officer